2013-05-10 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Calls To Artists, Calls To All
Commentary by Susan Hartenstein


Photographer Stephanie Schmidt, an member of RAA, is known for her breathtaking images of the natural world and national parks. She had a solo show at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, displaying images like this black and white photograph, "Ocean Study IV." The RAA exhibit themed, 'the many aspects of Jamaica Bay,' will be on view May 19-June 23 in the Refuge's gallery. Photographer Stephanie Schmidt, an member of RAA, is known for her breathtaking images of the natural world and national parks. She had a solo show at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, displaying images like this black and white photograph, "Ocean Study IV." The RAA exhibit themed, 'the many aspects of Jamaica Bay,' will be on view May 19-June 23 in the Refuge's gallery. RAA encourages everyone in our community to attend our next General Meeting. There will be a special presentation by licensed psychotherapist Marianne Muldoon, LCSW, titled “Stress and Sandy: Coping With Emotional Stress, Including PTSD, In Today’s World.” The interactive format will include interviews. Muldoon will cover the strains, anxieties and tensions many are dealing with, not only related to the hurricane, but in their everyday lives. With more than two decades in private practice and medical and counseling centers, her specialties include stress management, trauma/PTSD, career counseling/ money, addictions, anxiety/ depress-ion and bipolar disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, adult/family and work/couple counseling and also works with adolescents and children.

This special opportunity for community members to attend in order to deal with the traumas we are all experiencing fits into the attempts RAA has been making to help us all heal – with children’s art workshops, music and literary events and other settings to express our fears and our hopes for a renewed future.

Open Call to Artists in all mediums for Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Art Exhibit: Theme: Jamaica Bay in all its aspects; the work may deal with Hurricane Sandy. Dates: May 19th-June 23rd. Location: the Gallery at the Refuge. Drop-off location: the Gallery at the Refuge, Friday, May 17th and Saturday, May 18th from 12 noon to 4 p.m. All mediums are welcome. There is no entry fee. Accepted works will be hung May 18 and must be no more than 36`` in height or width. A limit of only two to four works can be accepted, depending on their size. Opening reception: May 19th at the Refuge. The exhibit is sponsored by the National Park Service and the Rockaway Artists Alliance.

Go to rockawayartistsalliance.org to print out an entry form, which must be filled out and brought to the drop-off of work.

Events at the MoMA PS1 VW Dome 2 (full info re: each event at momaps1.org): Saturday, May 11th, 2- 10 p.m.: Six Stair Films: films, skateboarding and avocados. Several shorts by Rick Charnoski and Buddy Nichols.

Sunday, May 19th, 1-4 p.m. “Jamaica Bay Lives”: Documentarian Dan Hendrick’s film-in-progress, shot before, during and after Hurricane Sandy, presents the history of the bay and its impact on the lives of those living in proximity to it.

The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation is partnering with local civic organizations, the Department of Transportation (DOT), the Community Affairs Unit (CAU) of the New York City Office of the Mayor, NYC Service, and New York Cares to solicit artists' proposals and volunteer support for an initiative to paint the jersey barriers which will be installed to protect pedestrians and bicyclists on Shore Front Parkway from Beach 74th to Beach 107th Streets. Interested artists are invited to submit design ideas for these painted barriers. For more information: www.nycgovparks.org/artandantiquities/rockawaybeautification

kidsmART Corner:

Registration continues for RAA's camp kidsmART. Camp is almost full, so act now if you'd like to reserve a spot for your child between the ages of kindergarten through eighth grade. For application form, please go to RAA website.

RAA Contact Info:

Phone: 718-474-0861; Fax: 718-474- 4373; e-mail: info@raa116.org; website: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org

CU@RoCA. Soon. Until then, RoCA

Fort Tilden Highlights

NEXT RAA GENERAL MEETING: Monday, May 13th, 7:30 p.m., MoMA PS1 VW Dome 2, at Beach 94th Street and Shore Front Parkway. Guest presenter: licensed psychotherapist Marianne Muldoon, who will lead an interactive forum, “Stress and Sandy.” All are welcome. See below.

JAMAICA BAY WILDLIFE REFUGE ART EXHIBIT: May 19th – June 23rd, at the Refuge’s Gallery. Open call to artists, all mediums. See column.

KIDS’ WORKSHOPS AT THE DOME: Saturdays, RAA is holding free art workshops for children aged 7-12 at the MoMA PS1 VW Dome 2, Shore Front Parkway and Beach 94th Street, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Next workshop: Sat., May 11.

NEXT WRITERS GROUP EVENT: Sunday, May 19th, 2-4 p.m. at Sip This Café, 6 Rockaway Avenue, Valley Stream. If you have works to read or music to perform, contact Dan Guarino at TWCgxwgj@aol.com as soon as possible. Please include your name, titles, types of work (prose, poetry, music, etc.) and if it's humorous, dramatic, etc.

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